VERY BIG NEWS FROM WELLYWOOD
The New Zealand Government has made substantial amendments to industry incentives, see coverage New York Times.
The DVD and Blu Ray of Avatars will feature promos of New Zealand. Hopefully with some inclusion of Maori and Pacific Cultures. James Cameron will sit on an industry panel. NZ government will be an investor in films that look to make vast profits. More >
DOES HOLLYWOOD EXPLOIT POLYNESIAN CULTURE?
Hollywood looks set once again to exploit Polynesian culture in a (literally) Disneyfied way in Disney's Moana.
Is it okay for Hollywood to continue to exploit indigenous stories and storytelling? Do indigenous people and artists benefit in any ways from projects such as these?
The IPAF Atom Awards in Australia recognises film and media excellence in education and industry.
In 2013, the Winner of Best indigenous Resource was YANGAN by Kelrick Martin (Director) and Martin Jowsey (Producer). The film tells the story of the fight for an Aboriginal warrior’s return home to unite his broken community – 180 years after his brutal murder.
Finalist Judges for this category in 2013 were Leo Koziol, Festival Director, Wairoa Maori Film Festival and Penny Smallacombe, Acquisitions and Programming, NITV Australia.
Both Maori and Pasifika film makers and actors were recognised at the second ever Moa Film Awards of Aotearoa last week.
SHOPPING by Louis Sutherland (Samoan) and Mark Albiston swept the awards:
Rialto Channel Best Film: Shopping
Flying Fish Best Director: Shopping - Louis Sutherland and Mark Albiston
Apex Insurance Best Screenplay: Shopping - Louis Sutherland and Mark Albiston
Mili Pictures Best Supporting Actor: Shopping - Julian Dennison
Mili Pictures Best Supporting Actress: Shopping - Laura Petersen
Niche Cameras Best Cinematography: Shopping - Ginny Loane
Letterboxd Best Poster Design: Shopping - Geoff Francis
Villa Maria Best Actress went to Papua New Guinean actress Xzannjah for Mr Pip.
Lotech Best Documentary Editor went to He Toki Huna: NZ in Afghanistan - Annie Goldson and James Brown. The film's Directors were Annie Goldson and Kay Ellmers.
Though nominated for nine Moa Awards, Mt Zion only walked away with one: APRA Best Sound: Mt Zion - Dick Reade.
The highlight of the evening was presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Geoff Murphy.
INDIGENOUS FILM ADVANCES TOWARDS OSCARS
Though no Maori or New Zealand live action short films are in contention for the 2014 Oscars, a Native Canadian Inuit film has made the short list of ten.
Throat Song by Miranda Pencier and Stacey Aglok McDonald (Inuk) is the story of a young Inuit woman who searches for a way out of her abusive relationship only to find the voice she thought she'd lost forever.
AWARD TO ALANIS OBAMSAWIN
The Award was presented by the international WIFTS foundation in Los Angeles. More details at their website >
Prizes were also presented to Antonio Prebble and Dana Rotberg for their work on WHITE LIES.
WAIROA MAORI FILM FESTIVAL 2014
Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Wairoa District, Thursday May 29th to Monday June 2nd 2014. Theme: "Indigenous Frequencies."